Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Reeves Creek Fire Update

Firefighters and bulldozers dug fireline all night on the Reeves Creek Fire, which has burned 200-250 acres of forestland south of Selma (25 miles southwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County). Fireline now encircles 70 percent of the fire’s perimeter.

The fire was reported Monday at 6:38 p.m. The cause is being investigated.

Seven homes are in or on the edge of the fire’s footprint, but none was burned. Dozens of other homes are located near the fire. The structures are being protected by firefighters from Illinois Valley Fire Dept., Rural-Metro Fire Dept., Grants Pass Fire-Rescue, and a task force from Jackson County fire districts.

Six fire suppression crews, five wildland fire suppression engines, two bulldozers and three helicopters will be used to fight the fire today. An air tanker is also available.

Reeves Creek Rd. is closed, except to residents, but Hwy 199 is open. No evacuations were necessary.

The Reeves Creek Fire is burning on land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Grants Pass Unit.